Pascal is really mellow until he is in landshark mode. He is of west German lineage. He turned 13 weeks today. He has ripped through my daughter's clothes bc he likes to pull at her dresses as she walks. He jumped and nipped at my husband's cargo shorts pocket today while my hubby was at the sink, totally unprovoked.
We have corrected him:
1. with a firm NO;
2. held his mouth shut;
3. bumped his chin to distract him;
4. turned our backs to him;
5. and have squirted him with water.
The water seems to startle him best and then he forgets and lets go. We always tell him to let go using the same words. When he is really feisty, I crate him and tell him to take a nap.
He loves children and they really excite him. We have a 5 yr old who was born into a "dog family"--every member has one. She is good with them and even sleeps with our Chihuahua. She is nervous around Pascal now.
Other than this nipping business, he is sooooo MELLOW and docile. Our 10 yr Chihuahua is the cranky dominant one.
He is super smart: I got him at ten weeks and we've been fairly successful potty training him. He knows sit, lie down and stay so far. We praise him every time for good behaviour. Am frustrated bc don't know why he hasn't caught on yet.
I have read that you shouldn't hit GSDs but, sometimes, he has such a good grip, I am afraid we might have to if he doesn't learn....
What else can we do! When will this stop?!
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